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Interesting aircraft - what have you seen on your computer today?

Old 1st Feb 2022, 13:19
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The musical A400s are hard not to hear if any where near you .. I live in Frome Somerset and regular inbounds and outbounds for Brize. The Hercs have an liking for impressive very low level transits on their way home but never the A400s . Having assumed one was basically a 21st century version of the other I wonder why that is the case

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Old 1st Feb 2022, 13:49
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Could it be something to do with regulations regarding lower level flight due to the larger size and weight of the A400 ? The noise would be more of an issue I should imagine.
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Old 1st Feb 2022, 18:38
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On my hols in South Africa and found myself driving round the Chapmans peak scenic drive (Cape Town) at about 8:30 this morning.

A large piston engined airliner flew past offshore, less than 1000' amsl I'd say, but alas had my hands full of steering wheel and couldn't take it in property.

Haven't been able to retrospectively interrogate FR24, but I wonder if anyone can enlighten me.

DC-3? Or, could it have been a DC-4?

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The Hercs down low are not very noisy though they do look pretty darn big and low especially when you are on a hill and they are flying over a valley. I ve never seen an AB400 close up so not sure how big they are . We get plenty of C17s overhead outbound from 4000 to about 8000 ft but I suspect they wouldnt be welcome at low level. The best entertainment is the occasional Chinnook which gets fed up following the railway and does a couple of very low slow orbits over a particularly pretty spot making more noise than all the aforementioned three put together , tic
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Not long after we started visiting South Somerset before moving here permanently I was heading back up the A303 towards Berkshire and overtaking a lorry. I thought it was rather loud. At which point two low-level C-130s appeared from brhind me and into my two o'clock and disappeared over the next hill.

These days the A400 whine is so distinctive and frequently heard I don't even look up!
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Old 5th Feb 2022, 12:19
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Originally Posted by pax britanica
The best entertainment is the occasional Chinnook which gets fed up following the railway and does a couple of very low slow orbits over a particularly pretty spot making more noise than all the aforementioned three put together
We quite regularly get these at Canary Wharf, sometimes even in formation, following the river. So Yadda-YADda-YADDA as the come down one side of the area, following the bend of the river to Greenwich, then a minute later Yadda-YADda-YADDA as they come back up the other side.

Quite some years ago now there was a Lord Mayor's Show one Saturday morning, including a substantial heavy helicopter formation, which assembled over London City. Weather awful, heavy rain, and cloud down to display height. They tried to formate up for about five minutes, deafening the area, before knocking it on the head. Shame. I wonder if any of their crews are on here now.
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Old 10th Feb 2022, 09:42
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Something eight-engined this way comes... currently abeam Belfast and heading towards Fairford. C-5 has just left there.

Two more in the Islay area...

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Old 10th Feb 2022, 12:10
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One I took earlier at Red Flag ! El G.
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Old 10th Feb 2022, 12:22
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Love to see one over Sarf Croydon, preferably at low level. Neighbours would just assume it was something going into Heathrow... albeit a bit sooty.
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Old 10th Feb 2022, 13:15
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RAF C-17 heading into Northolt...
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Old 10th Feb 2022, 21:43
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Bombardier Challenger 9H-VCO, seemingly normally Luton-based, just made a late night transit from there to Biggin Hill, having got an absolute direct track across Central London, not much above 2,000 ft. Would have woken up a good few children along the way - including here ! Trust they were VMC at Alexandra Palace etc.
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Anyone know if the B52's will be tootling around UK airspace today ? If so, any callsigns to be able to track them ?
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Old 11th Feb 2022, 11:31
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack
Anyone know if the B52's will be tootling around UK airspace today ? If so, any callsigns to be able to track them ?
As noted in the JetBlast thread, they used HATEnn callsigns on the radio. AFAIK, the B-52s don't use Mode S, possibly not Mode A/C either, so tracking them won't be easy.
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Old 11th Feb 2022, 12:01
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The B-52s were showing up OK yesterday, noted all four on ADSB Exchange and Plane Finder. The two that tooled around at Tain were originally only showing as one aircraft but eventually the second appeared and made its own way to Fairford.

Interestingly, there is currently a Motor Sich AN-12 UR-11819 apparently doing circuits at Dunsfold, having arrived from somewhere south of the Med... Height info looks iffy though but each circuit coincides neatly with the runway.
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FR24 suggested Typhoons spotted just north of (and somewhat above) Aberdeen shortly before 1pm today.
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Old 11th Feb 2022, 15:03
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Interestingly, there is currently a Motor Sich AN-12 UR-11819 apparently doing circuits at Dunsfold, having arrived from somewhere south of the Med... Height info looks iffy though but each circuit coincides neatly with the runway.
Now that's a strange pairing. I wonder what the heck that was about ?? Would've been glorious for a spotter to have been there, perhaps less so for the local residents ;-)
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Apparently UR-CAH went into Dunsfold about a decade back and was painted in a USAF scheme for a film. Precedent?

I took a phone call at work five or six years ago, enquiring about getting a UK airfield runway checked to ensure it was suitable for AN-12 ops - that was film related. Passed it on to our aviation director - don't think it ever came to anything and the runway in question is very occasionally used by RAF C-17s, presumably during exercises.
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Filming work ? Unlikely, but tends to get done at Dunsfold (and I see I crossed with Treadders note above).
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I would agree that with filming work undertaken at Dunsfold, it's a good possible. That said it came from Brazzaville, so unlikely that it would be doing circuits at the end of that flight. Perhaps there was some issue with the aircraft/cargo/crew that needed to be resoved ?
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Originally Posted by SpringHeeledJack
I would agree that with filming work undertaken at Dunsfold, it's a good possible. That said it came from Brazzaville, so unlikely that it would be doing circuits at the end of that flight. Perhaps there was some issue with the aircraft/cargo/crew that needed to be resoved ?
Noted on Mode S (from here) at 1100' AMSL on final approach to Dunsfold just before 08:40. If it was doing circuits subsequently, they must have been low-level.
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